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Monday, 15 December 2008


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Dr A A Agbormbai


The administrative bottlenecks are most likely the result of government officers deliberately holding up documents in anticipation of a bribe, before they'll process the documents.

This is the time-honoured behaviour of Cameroon Gov't officers. If Gov't officers expect payment for doing what they are already being paid to do, how can Cameroon expect to be competitive in the area of business climate? Why should it not be ranked low in business climate tables? And why should investors bother to invest in the country? Also, how can home-grown SMEs survive under such a climate?


"This situation is worsened by the language barrier, reason why German investment is more profound in Nigeria where English, which is the second official language in Germany, is spoken."

This statement suggests that Cameroon will attract more investments if official channels made greater use of the English language. After all, English is the language of the international community. As a result, many countries have adopted English as their second language.

It will even be better for Cameroon if it treats English as its first language and French as its second language. Then it will be better aligned with the international community.

Mathias V. Ntep

Good points, Dr. Agbormbai.Congrats.
Besides, I don´t think that the figure of "700 BILLIONS EUROS" stated in the article is correct or accurate. Did German ambassador Karin Elsa Blumberger Sauersteig really say that? Remember that 1(one) euro equals roughly 700 Francs CFA.

Now let´s compute:

700 000 000 000 euros * 700 Francs CFA = 490 000 000 000 000 Francs CFA!!!???!!!

490 000 000 000 000 Francs CFA


Have a groovy day

Mathias Victorien Ntep
Frankfurt/Main, Germany

Mathias V. Ntep

On another score, it would be more accurate and seemly to contend that English is the first foreign language in Germany.In fact, English is not used in daily and weekly newspapers in Germany; English is not utilized by radio and television stations in order to interact on a regular basis with readers, listeners and viewers in Germany.

Only German radio and television stations catering for foreign listeners and viewers without the borders of Germany use English and other foreign languages so as to reach foreign media consumers.

By contrast, in Cameroon English and French are used on a daily basis by print media, radio and televisions stations for people living in Cameroon. This is to imply that kids in Cameroon do have the opportunity to grow up speaking English and French if they endeavor to profit by this situation in Cameroon.

Best wishes

Mathias Victorien Ntep
Frankfurt/Main, Germany


I agree with Mathias whom I know very well as a trilingual person(english, French, German).
I also think that Cameroon will need to reinvent its bilingual options by adopting early childhood development with focus on English and French.Pilot linguistic centers are very important but the proficiency one gained as a child is inalienable and more productive.
Vielen Dank Mathias. Ich bin ja dein ehemalige Komilitone Joseph Tcheuffa (Kamerunischer germanist). Ich wohne in Dallas , TX vor gut 10 Jahre. Email Anschrift:

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